Students from Stafford College hosted workshops to support the Girls’ Football Festival at Saint George’s Park to help increase participation in sport earlier this month.
The event is organised with the support of Staffordshire FA and is held at Saint George’s Park, the English Football Association’s national football centre.
In attendance were a number of the England Lionesses including Casey Stoney and England Ladies Manager, Mark Sampson.
The free programmes aim is to encourage girls from Staffordshire to participate in football. It was open to girls aged five to 16 years old from primary to secondary school level with more than 300 girls taking part.
Throughout the day students showcased their football knowledge and ability to lead workshops to in front of a range of Football League Community Trusts and participants.
Sports students, who each have their own FA Coaching Awards, ran various football workshops including such as skills, tricks, free style and more formal football coaching topics.
Staffordshire FA is a progressive county football association that works towards providing everybody with equal access to quality football opportunities regardless of gender or ability.
Currently, Staffordshire has 27 female adult teams, 74 female youth teams and 46 fully qualified female referees.
The organisation has worked with Stafford College for a number of years and last year signed a partnership agreement to support the development of sports students on their qualifications.
Josh Thompson, a sport student, said: “It was a great experience to be part of the Girls’ Football Festival and to come down to St. George’s Park.
“The event gave me the chance to develop my coaching skills and has given me the confidence to work with large groups of people.”
Tim Grahl, a sports lecturer at Stafford College, added: “We’re able to give our students the opportunity to work externally thanks to our partnership with Staffordshire FA which also supports them in achieving their career goals.”
“Since beginning with us, our students have not only studied their sports qualifications but also their FA Level 1, 2 and both FA Youth modules to help with their progression and employability skills.”